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Beyond Good & Evil 2 Dead, Possible Digital Resurrection?

Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot gave a small hint as to the fate of Beyond Good & Evil 2 in a recent Guardian interview.

And it wasn't exactly what one might call encouraging.

Guillemot said there's a chance the game could return as a digital offering. He was asked if gamers would see a downloadable version of the long-awaited sequel, and his reply was as follows:

You never know. It could happen! It’s a fact that you don’t have to create a game that’s very long, you can take different risks with games."

The implication there is that BG&E2 is no longer in development, despite what Ubisoft has said in the past. It seems obvious at this point that, at the very least, the project has hit a stumbling block or two, and it doesn't appear possible for the immediate future. Plus, it sounds like if it does arrive, it'll be for the next generation as Guillemot was referring to the new era of gaming in this interview, reminding everyone his company intends to make fewer "bigger games."

Beyond Good & Evil 2 might not be considered "big," and it could wind up in the digital realm. The fans probably wouldn't be too distressed at that; they just want it to show up somehow. For the record, we've heard next to nothing about this sequel since it was teased at a Ubidays event over four years ago. Yep, 2008. A while ago.

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9/16/2012 8:36:35 PM Ben Dutka

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Comments (13 posts)

ZettaiSeigi
Sunday, September 16, 2012 @ 9:23:50 PM
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I feel so sorry for those who were really looking forward to playing this game. I don't follow it personally, but I remember how many times this game has been teased, put on hold, confirmed, and put on hold again. I hope that Ubisoft gets to finish this one at least, if only to appease those who were really clamoring for a sequel.

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BikerSaint
Sunday, September 16, 2012 @ 9:24:06 PM
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If it comes out in digital only, & as a short in which Guillemot seems to me that's he's saying, and as much as I liked the first BG&E, then "No thank you".

I'll just keep the 1st one from 2003 & remember the good times.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Sunday, September 16, 2012 @ 10:00:35 PM
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This is what happens when Assassin's Creed becomes a yearly affair people.

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Lawless SXE
Monday, September 17, 2012 @ 5:54:07 AM

Also attributable to the annualisation of AC is the lack of PoP and Driver this gen. But that's giving too much credit to AC and ignoring so many side titles like Just Dance, The __ Experience, Petz and Rabbids.

I jest, I jest. Ubisoft Montpellier is largely unaffected by the goings on with the rest of the corporation. They still aren't always free to make the games that they want, resulting in these issues with BG&E2, but Michel Ancel is pretty awesome with what he has a hand in.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, September 17, 2012 @ 4:05:13 PM

Follow the money.

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ProfPlayStation
Monday, September 17, 2012 @ 3:12:21 AM
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Digital-download only, with single-player always-online DRM, a 4-hour campaign, and Online Pass-locked characters and levels! Woo! Just what I always wanted!

Keep up the good work Ubisoft! You're super.

What game do we need to buy next, after BG&E:HD and Rayman Origins, to "prove" that we want this oncoming travesty?

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___________
Monday, September 17, 2012 @ 3:58:32 AM
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GGGGGRRRRRRRRRRRR careful Guillemot your dancing on a knife edge!
come on, BG&E has always been about ambition and scale you cant make this as a download only game!
seeing the leaked demo a few months ago got me so excited for this it looked oh so freaking cool!
exactly why i have to dip my hat to PG and bayonetta 2.
they know it wont sell well on the wii u, but there doing it anyway because its either that or nothing!
so why cant ubisoft do the same?
instead of saying no we wont do it because were worried it wont sell, why cant they just do it as a gift to the fans who have been screaming at the top of their lungs for years!?
surely a single title that does not sell well is not going to cause one of the industries largest publishers to pack up its doors!
sometimes you have to take a leap of faith, and you never know you might be surprised by the results.........

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Lawless SXE
Monday, September 17, 2012 @ 4:44:11 AM

P* is a small company passionate about the games they make. Ubisoft is a corporation. That's all the difference you need to know.

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___________
Monday, September 17, 2012 @ 7:05:29 AM

exactly my point!
PG has trouble finding a publisher as it is so if they release another game that struggles in sales they face serious risk of going bankrupt!
ubi though dont have to worry about that.
thought that was pretty self explanatory.....

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oldmike
Monday, September 17, 2012 @ 9:09:03 AM

i think that they were payed to make it Wii-U only
i think the AC coming out every year is realy what killed this
one only has so many programers and some one has to make the filler games

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Lawless SXE
Monday, September 17, 2012 @ 3:18:22 PM

The exact antithesis to your point. P* is passionate they make the games they WANT TO. It may not be the best for them, but they do it anyway. Ubisoft cares only about the bottom line, what will boost their profits. Yeah, they have Michel Ancel, but are you really surprised that BG&E2 is quickly heading down a slippery slope after what the suits at the company did to his original vision for Raving Rabbids.

Corporations have the money, but they only want more. They don't want to give the fans what both they and the creators want. Honestly...

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Lawless SXE
Monday, September 17, 2012 @ 4:43:08 AM
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Yay. Digital. *blows raspberry*

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DrRockso87
Monday, September 17, 2012 @ 9:56:08 AM
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I give up, Ubisoft. I really do.

First you ruin Prince of Persia with 'Warrior Within' (even Jordan Mechner, the original creator, publicly called the game horrible).

Then you whore out Assassin's Creed so much with annual releases that Patrice Desilets, the original creator, quits the company.

Now you lock up Michel Ancel's sequel to the cult classic 'Beyond Good & Evil' with constant delays and "promises" of next-generation release.

What the hell?!

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